Review: ‘Young Winston’

Rate this biopic of Winston Churchill's early years as both a brilliant artistic achievement and a fascinating, highly enjoyable film - a combination not always obtained.

Rate this biopic of Winston Churchill’s early years as both a brilliant artistic achievement and a fascinating, highly enjoyable film – a combination not always obtained.

It’s a richly multi-faced scrapbook [from Churchill’s book My Early Life] which is unfolded, touching on his lonely childhood and only occasional contact with his politician father and a socially much-involved American mother, early school experience, first combat and war correspondent stints in India and the Sudan and on to first political defeat and ultimate vindication as – after a headline-grabbing Boer War exploit – he makes an early political mark in an impassioned House of Commons speech.

Far from a sycophantic paean to a great man in the bud, pic manages a believable portrait of an ambitious and sometimes arrogant young man.

1972: Nominations: Best Original Story & Screenplay, Costume Design, Art Direction

Young Winston

UK

Production

Columbia/Open Road. Director Richard Attenborough; Producer Carl Foreman; Screenplay Carl Foreman; Camera Gerry Turpin; Editor Kevin Connor; Music Alfred Ralston; Art Director Geoffrey Drake, Don Ashton

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 157 MIN.

With

Simon Ward Robert Shaw Anne Bancroft Jack Hawkins Ian Holm Anthony Hopkins
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